Monday, November 26, 2012

Monday Mentionables - 11-19 to 11-25

Another great week! Here are but a few of my favorite posts this week:

Sneaky High Salt Foods
Everyday Health brings us this info.
No Matter Their Style: 15 Gifts to Knit & Crochet

Lion Brand Notebook brings us some lovely gift ideas and patterns.
Get the Most Out of Oatmeal

South Beach Diet brings us the skinny on this fab food!
Pretty Patterned Gift Bags

Next to Nicx brings us patterns for adorable gift bags we can make!

How to Make Clove Oranges tells us how to make these wonderful seasonal pomanders!

Survival Bread
The Reliant Self brings us the recipe for this survival bread.

Quick Vegetable Frittata
South Beach Diet brings us this delicious breakfast or brunch for two!

DIY Lampshade
Ohoh Blog gives us the instructions for making our own lampshade for a hanging light. Wonderful!

Pot Potato Success
Natural Suburbia brings us her story of success with this tuber plant!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Monday Mentionables

Here are a few of the many blogs which posted some very interesting material this past week:

Oprah considering an organic food brand
LifeInc brings us this update.

 Excessive Gas and The Foods You Eat
Everyday Health brings us this information.

How To: Charlie Brown Christmas Ornaments
a little gray Shows us how to do this!

Peppermint Candy Cane Sugar Scrub
The Idea Room brings us this recipe; great gift idea for the holidays!

Mistletoe Kissing Ball
Apartment Therapy brings us the details on how to make this holiday tradition for our home!

Christmas Tree Circle Ornament
Spoonful brings us this great idea for a new family tradition, and we’re starting this one this year!

A Quick Guide to Beans and Legumes
South Beach Diet tells us the ins and outs of beans!

Tiny Doors
Design Sponge brings us the how to on tiny fairy doors for your home!

How to Make: Unique Outdoor Christmas Decorations
Christmas Lights Etc brings us the how to on making large lighted Christmas balls!

All About Alpaca
Lion Brand Blog brings us the skinny on this warm and inviting woolly yarn!

Planting Tulips for Spring Enjoyment
Martha Stewart Blog brings us the lowdown of planting tulips this time of year.

Homemade Ding Dongs
A Cozy Kitchen brings us my dh’s favorite food recipe! These are at the top of my “to make” list!

Free Thanksgiving Printables!
Amanda’s Parties TO GO gives us this FREE download for making your Thanksgiving more decorative and fun!

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas Ornament #3
Michelle Made Me brings us this how to for an adorable, folksy tree ornament.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Hot Pepper and Your Heart

Hot Pepper Compound Capsaicin Helps Maintain Healthy Hearts
Red Hot Chilli Peppers
Capsaicin, The Compound Naturally
Present In Hot Peppers Such As
Cayenne, Helps Maintain Healthy Hearts
Scientists have reported the latest evidence that
chili peppers are a heart-healthy food with potential
to protect against the No. 1 cause of death in the world. The report was presented at the National Meeting and Exposition of the American
Chemical Society (ACS) held in San Diego.

The study focused on capsaicin and its fiery-hot constituents, substances called "capsaicinoids." These are the natural substances that give
cayennes, jalapenos, habaneros and other chili peppers their intemse heat. Capsaicin already has an established role in medicine in topical ointments, rub-on-the-skin creams to treat arthritis and pain.

Previous research suggested that spicing food
with chilies can lower blood pressure in people, reduce blood cholesterol and ease the tendency
for dangerous blood clots to form.

"Our research has reinforced and expanded knowledge about how these substances in chilies work in improving heart health," said researchers "We now have a clearer and more detailed portrait
of their innermost effects on genes and other mechanisms that influence cholesterol and the
health of blood vessels. It is among the first
research to provide that information."

The team of scientists found that capsaicin substances boosts heart health in two ways. They lower cholesterol levels by reducing accumulation
of cholesterol in the body and increasing its breakdown and excretion in the feces. They also block action of the gene that makes arteries
contract, restricting the flow of blood to the heart
and other organs. The blocking action allows
more blood to flow through blood vessels.

"We concluded that capsaicinoids were beneficial
in improving a range of factors related to heart
and blood vessel health," said the food and
nutritional scientists at the Chinese University
of Hong Kong and emphasized "But we certainly
do not recommend that people start consuming chilies to an excess. A good diet is a matter of balance. And remember, chilies are no
substitute for the prescription medications
proven to be beneficial."

The researchers fed laboratory subjects high-cholesterol diets, divided them into groups,
and supplemented each group's food with either
no capsaicinoids (the control group) or various amounts of capsaicinoids. The scientists then analyzed the effects.

In addition to reducing total cholesterol levels
in the blood, capsaicinoids reduced levels of the so-called "bad" cholesterol (which deposits into blood vessels), but did not affect levels of the
so-called "good" cholesterol. The team found indications that capsaicinoids may reduce the
size of deposits that already have formed in
blood vessels, narrowing arteries in ways
that can lead to heart attacks or strokes.

Capsaicinoids also blocked the activity of a
gene that produces cyclooxygenase-2,
a substance that makes the muscles around
blood vessels constrict. By effectively blocking
the gene, muscles can relax and widen,
allowing more blood to flow.

Story Source:
Chinese University of Hong Kong

Journal Reference:
American Chemical Society (ACS) (2012)
Hot pepper compound could help hearts.

This article is for informational and educational
purposes only; It is not intended to provide
medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
Consult your doctor or healthcare professional.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Patience, Patience, Patience

I realize it seems that I have abandoned my post lately. But I ask that you bear with me during this brief absence. I should have an answer in a day or so, and can then reveal what will be coming.

I continue to ask for your prayers. God knows the need, and I will report to you all when I have a complete answer. And I should know soon.

In the meantime, here are a few blog posts from the past week which I found interesting:

Make A Googly Eye Christmas Ornamanet
Dollar Store Crafts tells us how!

Thanksgiving Printable
Over the Big Moon gives us a great printable for our d├ęcor!

Snowflake Monday
Snowcatcher brings us the Mermaid Snowflake. Beautiful!

Girl’s Day Out
Healthy Stride takes on her fabulous day out. The consultant’s  comment should become our motto! “…health and wellness isn't just about eating right and exercising. It's about taking care of you, as a person.”

A Look At The Different Properties of Wool Yarn
Lion Brand Yarn brings us the details.

10 Projects to Learn New Skills: Colorwork
Lion Brand Yarn brings us great patterns to try new skills!

As I write this, the smell of my personal Mexican blend of spices along with three different kinds of beans [pinto, black and chick-pea] with onion and garlic simmering in the slow cooker is making my home smell like heaven! At dinner time this evening, we’ll put this over rice for our “Meatless Monday One Dish Wonder”. I absolutely love it! Any leftovers will be mashed and used in corn tortillas for lunches. Yum!

I also got my hair cut!

What do you think??? It feels fabulous and is so easy to care for! I can dry it, and even curl it some with the iron if I want to, or simply wash and comb! [Sorry these pics aren't the best....took them myself, and I really need a camera upgrade!]

So, I can’t promise when I will next post, but I will promise it will be soon!

Have a great day everyone!!!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

I'm Still Here!

I had hoped to be back at writing daily posts by Monday. Unfortunately, life got in the way!

While I may be gone for a couple of days still, be praying for me!

My cold is over now. And I am working on something exciting!

See ya in a couple of days!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Monday Mentionables - October 29 - November 4, 2012

Sorry this post is brief, but I spent part of this week off the grid, and the rest fighting off a terrible cold. [Still fighting off the last of it!]

However, here a few articles I felt were worth a second look.


A Mad Tea Party
Lilacs and Lace brings us this enchanting Alice in Wonderland costume! I absolutely loved this!

Easiest Chicken Stock Ever!

Hurricane Socks
Chrissy Gardiner on Ravelry is offering her hurricane sock pattern for $6. And through November 30th, 100% of the sales will be donated to the Red Cross to assist hurricane victim relief. Awesome work Chrissy!

Woolly Toons Mini Stockings
Woolly Toons  brings us this great pattern!

Germany Knits Again
Frankfurt Allegiance Economy brings us a great story on the increased knitting hobby in Germany. [Use Google translate to read in English.]